Dirksen Award Goes to CQ Roll Call Reporter

John Donnelly

John Donnelly, a national security and foreign policy reporter for CQ Roll Call, has won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.

Donnelly will receive the honor at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards dinner on Feb. 13, 2019. Learn more about the dinner and awards here.

The judges’ citation: “John Donnelly’s reporting demonstrates outstanding mastery of the defense beat. He methodically hammers away at questionable defense spending and Pentagon assertions through painstaking reporting on legislation and military arcana.”

Donnelly has been with CQ Roll Call since 2004 and is a senior writer there, producing work for, the CQ Magazine and Donnelly is president of Military Reporters & Editors. He has held several leadership positions at the National Press Club; he currently chairs the club’s Press Freedom Committee.

Judges also gave an honorable mention to Politico for a prescient piece on why Paul Ryan would leave the House speakership.

The Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress was created in 1980 in honor of the late Republican senator from Illinois. The award is intended to recognize U.S.-based journalists whose work shows thoughtful appraisal and insight into the workings of the U.S. Congress and represents the highest standards of journalism. A list of past winners is here.

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